Our eyes take in information from the world around us which then goes to the brain. The brain then decides what information it needs to pay attention to and what it can ignore. It is not about how well you see but about what your brain does with the information.
Some people do not need a lot of input before they feel they have had too much. They might avoid bright lights or get distracted looking at other things instead of doing their work. They might close or cover their eyes.
Some people need more input before it registers and they might not notice things in the environment or they might seek out things to look at like shiny, spinning toys or stare at things intensely.
Answer the following questions if you think your child processes visual information differently.
Listening to the world around us helps us make sense of where we are. Sensory processing is not about how well you hear but what your brain does with the information. Some people do not need a lot of input before they feel they have had too much. They might cover their ears if there is a loud noise or become upset. If they need a lot of input they might hum, sing or bang objects.
Answer the following questions if you think your child processes information they hear differently.
Our touch system picks up information about our environment from sensors in our skin. These give us information about differences in things we touch- is it hot/ cold? or rough/ smooth? If they don’t need a lot of input before they feel they have had too much they might not like being cuddled or hate getting hair brushed or washed. They might hate the feeling of certain clothes or become upset if someone brushes past them. We might not like standing in a line. If we have If people need a lot of input before it registers they might not notice if they have food on their face or hands or if they have hurt themselves.
Answer the following questions if you think your child processes touch differently.
Our senses of smell and taste are closely linked and they follow the same pathway through the brain. Some people do not need a lot of input before they’ve had too much. They might become upset by smells that no one else can smell. If we need more input before it registers we might seek out smells and smell objects or people. Processing smell differently can make us refuse to eat different food. Our mouths give us important information about whether food is crunchy, smooth or chewy or whether it is hot or cold. If you get overwhelmed easily you might eat bland food or find it difficult to eat different foods. You might gag when eating something new. If you need a lot of input before it registers you might choose to eat really spicy or sour foods. You might lick objects which are not food or put them in your mouth.
Answer the following questions if you think your child processes taste or smell differently.
Your sense of body awareness is also known as your PROPRIOCEPTIVE sense. The sensors are in the muscles and joints. They send messages to the brain to tell it where your body parts are in space and how much force or pressure your muscles are using. This sense gives you information about the position of body parts- e.g. you don’t need to look at your arms or legs to know where they are and know the right amount of force to use to lift objects of different weights. Think about the difference in force you would use to pick up a feather or a heavy bag. If you process proprioceptive information differently you might bump or crash into things, hold a pencil too tightly, be too rough when playing with friends or chew on objects like clothing or ends of pencils.
Answer the following questions if you think your child processes proprioceptive (body awareness) information differently.
Your sense of movement and balance is known as your VESTIBULAR sense. The sensors are in your inner ear and tell your brain what direction you are moving in and whether your head is up or down. It helps your body stay upright against gravity.
Answer the following questions if you think your child processes vestibular (movement and balance) information differently.